This text explores a variety of themes developed from successive years of the University of California, Davis, multidisciplinary graduate conference. It draws out connections on a wide array of topics among the arts, humanities, and sciences in history for multidisciplinary study. This text presents a rare forum for multidisciplinary connections researched and presented by junior specialists in their respective fields. It enables both creativity and flexibility in drawing out connections that are frequently overlooked by more specialized senior scholars. This book is a unique exercise in the promotion of junior scholarly achievement and multidisciplinary research.

chapter |6 pages


section 1|50 pages

History and the other muses

chapter 1|15 pages

The rubble of the other

Beethoven’s Ruins of Athens

chapter 2|22 pages

“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition”

Propaganda music as a governmental marketing tool during the WWII era

chapter 3|11 pages

Can the subaltern laugh?

A study of humor, power, and resistance

section 2|54 pages

Culture and cognition

chapter 4|36 pages

Extended evolutionary synthesis

Linking history and cognitive science

chapter 5|16 pages

Common quest

The search for the everyday person in the Merovingian age

section 3|54 pages

Altered and hostile environments

chapter 6|26 pages

Geophysical agency in the Anthropocene

Engineering a road and river to Rocky Mountain National Park

chapter 7|15 pages

The politics of solitude

Listening to environmental change in Rocky Mountain National Park, 1945–present

chapter 8|11 pages

Hidden in plain sight

Rethinking Saharan studies as a discipline

section 4|52 pages

Contested places and spaces

chapter 10|16 pages


The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918

chapter 11|16 pages

Historical realities

Voices from the war of Algerian decolonization

section 5|31 pages

Movement and travel

chapter 12|18 pages

Negotiating the sixteenth-century road

Diplomacy and travel in early modern Europe

chapter 13|11 pages

Going it alone

Practical travel manuals and independent women travelers in the nineteenth century